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Australia reef sees 3rd coral bleaching in 5 years


NEW DELHI: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has suffered “very standard” damage after emerging sea temperatures caused the third mass coral bleaching occasions in five years, authorities stated Thursday.


Its northern reaches suffered an extraordinary two successive years of critical bleaching in 2016 and 2017. Some previously untouched areas had now suffered “average or critical bleaching”, stated the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which is conducting an aerial survey of the giant organism.


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